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Monday April 12
Born-digital Evidence and Historical Scholarship: Aric Toler and Charlotte Godart - Event #1
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Zoom link will be sent to those who register

Aric Toler - Date: April 12, 10-11:30am CST

Title: Finding Justice for the 298: Digital Investigation of the Downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17)

Aric Toler is the training and research director at Bellingcat, an online publication specialized in open-source intelligence. Aric's research including Russian intelligence operations, the war in the Donbas, and the 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. Aric received his Master's degree in Slavic Languages & Literatures from the University of Kansas in 2013 and has since been working with Bellingcat.


Charlotte Godart - Date: April 12, 10-11:30am CST

Title: On Born-Digital Evidence and Accountability in the Context of the Yemen Civil War

Charlotte Godart is an open source investigator & trainer for Bellingcat. She researches conflict zones, breaking news events, and the spread of disinformation. She creates online training material that is available for anyone interested in pursuing digital verification through the Bellingcat website. She also travels globally to teach online verification techniques and methodology to journalists, researchers, activists, and lawyers. Before Bellingcat, she was at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley.


Born-digital Evidence and Historical Scholarship

This series features international subject expert talks from the libraries and archives sector, a digital investigation collective and from the cybersecurity sector to consider born-digital evidence from a Historical Scholarship and Humanities perspective. Our digital present poses challenges to long-term preservation and curation of born-digital archives, but also to their cautious selection, critical appraisal and methodological analysis and interpretation as historical evidence. Establishing, proving and maintaining the chain of digital evidence, evaluating the evidential status of born-digital sources and interpreting the traces of historical digital events will be the daily practice of historians studying our present time. The talk series Born-digital Evidence and Historical Scholarship is a starter for the conversation about how we establish this practice and build the skillsets, standards and procedures for Historical Scholarship and the Humanities in coordination with libraries and archives.   


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